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Cardinals' offensive vision finally coming to fruition; two post-hype breakouts
Oct 22, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks examines the Cardinals' offensive breakthrough in Year 3 of the Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray era. Plus, a look at two post-hype breakouts and why critics of Bill Belichick's fourth-down conservatism are wrong.
Bears headline four sneaky contenders; will Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. ever find harmony?
Oct 15, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies four sneaky playoff contenders. Plus, a look at the lack of chemistry between Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., the latest example of why the preseason shouldn't be blown out of proportion and the rookie who's giving one of the league's top teams exactly what it needed.
Matt Rhule's unorthodox brilliance fueling Panthers' rise; Daniel Jones playing like franchise quarterback
Oct 08, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks reveals Carolina's secret sauce. Plus, Daniel Jones' emergence as a franchise QB, Cordarrelle Patterson's transformation into full-fledged weapon, and Brandon Staley's spot-on soliloquy.
Washington defense is NFL's most disappointing unit; emerging stars at quarterback, wideout, cornerback
Oct 01, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies the NFL's most disappointing unit in the first month of the 2021 season. Plus, emerging stars at quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback.
Lamar Jackson deserves to be one of NFL's highest-paid players; how Bears can help Justin Fields
Sep 24, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says there should be no debate over whether Lamar Jackson deserves to be among the NFL's highest-paid players. Plus, a look at how the Bears can maximize Justin Fields' talent in his first career start, the Cowboys' new X-factor on defense and why one star QB is off to a slow start.
Eagles' Nick Sirianni makes wise decision; NFL's top five route runners
Sep 17, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies one of the keys to Nick Sirianni's impressive debut as Eagles head coach. Plus, a look at the game's top route runners, the NFL's version of an NBA super team and a new contender for the title of RB1.
Five NFL rookies I can't wait to watch in Week 1; why T.J. Watt is worth $112 million
Sep 10, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights the five rookies he can't wait to watch in Week 1. Plus, analysis on T.J. Watt's record-setting contract, Larry Fitzgerald's league-changing impact and Baltimore's injury-riddled backfield.
Why the 49ers SHOULD utilize a two-quarterback system; Jameis Winston's potential on the Saints
Sep 03, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers should move forward with a radical idea. Plus, Jameis Winston's potential as the Saints' new QB1, an emerging quarterback factory in college football and much more.
Top 5 Defensive Player of the Year sleepers; Broncos playoff-bound with Teddy Bridgewater as QB1?
Aug 27, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies five sleepers for this year's Defensive Player of the Year award. Plus, how far can the Broncos go with Teddy Bridgewater as their QB1 and is the Jaguars' uninspiring preseason cause for concern?
Chiefs must extend Tyrann Mathieu ASAP; DeVonta Smith's great first impression in Philadelphia
Aug 20, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says the Chiefs need to give Tyrann Mathieu a long-term extension NOW. Plus, first impressions on DeVonta Smith, a big advantage in Baltimore and more.
Top five pass-rushing duos in the NFL; plus, is Dwayne Haskins the Steelers' QB1 of the future?
Aug 13, 2021
Which teams boast the top pass-rushing tandems in the NFL? Do the Steelers have the successor to Ben Roethlisberger on their roster? Bucky Brooks explores those topics and more in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Three reasons why Cowboys could be legit Super Bowl contenders; top five off-ball linebackers
Jul 23, 2021
There's never a shortage of offseason hype in Dallas, but Bucky Brooks provides three reasons why the Cowboys can indeed be Super Bowl contenders this season. Plus, the NFL's top five off-ball linebackers and the Rams' outlook following Cam Akers' injury.
Matt Nagy faces make-or-break season in Chicago; five NFL players with Shohei Ohtani potential
Jul 16, 2021
Is the clock ticking on the Matt Nagy era in Chicago? Bucky Brooks says this is a make-or-break season for the Bears head coach. Plus, five NFL players with Shohei Ohtani potential, an emerging trend in team-building and more.
What NFL can learn from Tampa Bay Lightning's back-to-back titles; five most underrated players
Jul 09, 2021
What can NFL teams learn from the Tampa Bay Lightning's back-to-back Stanley Cup titles? Bucky Brooks identifies three key takeaways. Plus, the five most underrated players in the NFL and three potential trade fits for former first-rounder N'Keal Harry.
Daniel Jones to embark on now-or-never season; NFL's top five Batman and Robin duos
Jul 02, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks takes a look at what's on the line for Giants QB Daniel Jones in 2021. Plus, who are the top five Batman & Robin-like duos in the NFL? And what shrewd move are the Cowboys making when it comes to utilizing CeeDee Lamb?
How Steelers' revamped offense will benefit Big Ben; plus, QB-coach combos under pressure
Jun 25, 2021
In his latest Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks digs into how the offensive changes underway in Pittsburgh can help Ben Roethlisberger. Plus, which QB-coach combos are under the most pressure? And is Jamal Adams about to strike it rich?
Ranking NFL's top five lockdown corners; plus, what Odell Beckham Jr.'s return means for Browns
Jun 18, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the contract dispute between Xavien Howard and the Dolphins. Plus, ranking the NFL's top five lockdown corners, what Odell Beckham Jr.'s return from injury could do for the Browns and why Tua Tagovailoa's rough practice isn't a big deal.
Top five pass-catching tandems in the NFL; Cowboys' offense worthy of the hype
Jun 11, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks unveils his ranking of the NFL's top five pass-catching tandems in the wake of the Julio Jones trade. Plus, why the confidence of one key Cowboys player is justified and a look at how the Vikings could bounce back on defense.
San Francisco 49ers have created win-win situation at quarterback; five make-or-break players in 2021
May 28, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains how the 49ers created a win-win situation at the game's most important position. Plus, five make-or-break players and a burgeoning star at tight end.
Diagnosing drama around Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson; Najee Harris can refuel Steelers' Super power
May 21, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf is absolutely right about today's "diva" quarterbacks. Plus, five one-year rentals that could pay MAJOR dividends and one rookie who could revive title aspirations.
Tim Tebow outrage is over the top; plus, thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater's gripe and DK Metcalf's run
May 14, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why everyone's overreacting to the Jacksonville Jaguars' flirtation with Tim Tebow. Plus, thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater's gripe and DK Metcalf's run.
Mike Tomlin's a Hall of Famer, Tom Brady isn't crazy, and Jalen Hurts has to earn it
Apr 23, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Mike Tomlin's on a Hall of Fame path, but the coming years in Pittsburgh will be fascinating. Plus, why Tom Brady has a point in his frustration over changes to jersey numbers. And much more!
Justin Fields skepticism is baffling; top five unicorns in the 2021 NFL Draft
Apr 16, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says growing skepticism around Justin Fields is nonsense. Plus, this draft class' top five unicorns and a breakdown of one notable team's aggressive offseason approach.
Panthers' gamble on Sam Darnold makes sense; Kyle Pitts is the 2021 NFL draft's best player
Apr 09, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Sam Darnold gamble makes sense for the Panthers. Plus, the single best player in the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency fits for a highly qualified cornerback.
2021 NFL Draft: 49ers' options at No. 3, five pro day risers and the battle for CB1
Mar 26, 2021
In this draft-driven edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks scouts San Francisco's quarterback options with the No. 3 overall pick. Plus, five significant risers on the pro day circuit and the battle for CB1.
Bucky Brooks 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Jets pass on QBs in favor of Penei Sewell at No. 2
Mar 23, 2021
In his second mock of the 2021 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks has the Jets passing on the quarterbacks at No. 2 and the Buccaneers landing Tom Brady's heir apparent at No. 32. Check out the full first-round projection.
Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield among interesting fifth-year option decisions; Travis Etienne team fits
Mar 12, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the interesting fifth-year option decisions around Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield and more. Plus, five ideal team fits for explosive RB prospect Travis Etienne.
Houston Texans CANNOT trade Deshaun Watson; three fits for Matthew Stafford
Jan 29, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Houston Texans simply CANNOT trade Deshaun Watson. Plus, three potential fits for Matthew Stafford and a look at Detroit's unique rebuilding approach.
Jared Goff-Sean McVay relationship on the rocks? Who'll replace Philip Rivers on Colts?
Jan 22, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores a potential rift between Jared Goff and Sean McVay. Plus, who'll replace Philip Rivers as Colts QB? And can Dwayne Haskins get his career back on track in Pittsburgh?
Urban Meyer will be perfect for Jaguars; Russell Wilson done cooking in Seattle?
Jan 14, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why Urban Meyer will be perfect for the Jaguars. Plus, an about-face in the Seahawks' offensive approach and a marquee matchup to watch in this weekend's Divisional Round.
Five biggest threats to Chiefs' reign; Matt Ryan era's run its course in Atlanta
Dec 18, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies the five teams most likely to derail the Chiefs' repeat effort. Plus, one franchise that should move on from its longtime QB and some MVP-level respect for a kicker (seriously).
Five Goldilocks teams that COULD shake up NFL playoffs; maximizing Taysom Hill, Jalen Hurts
Dec 11, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights five Goldilocks teams that COULD shake up the NFL playoffs. Plus, is New Orleans better with Taysom Hill at quarterback? What should we expect from Jalen Hurts?
Jared Goff's woes implicate Sean McVay's script; stop sleeping on this DPOY candidate
Dec 04, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Jared Goff's woes stem from Sean McVay's play-calling. Plus, a QB who could challenge Patrick Mahomes' throne and a sleeper candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
Bruce Arians is right about Tom Brady; Packers feel like pretenders
Nov 27, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores Bruce Arians' harsh assessment of Tom Brady's play. Plus, one faux contender, a draft class that lifted a franchise and a defense that could fuel a title run.
Bill Belichick culpable for Patriots' decline; what did scouts miss with DK Metcalf?
Nov 06, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why Bill Belichick deserves substantial blame for the Patriots' decline. Plus, an answer for the question on many minds: How did talent evaluators miss on DK Metcalf?
Panthers surprising everyone with potent offense; Ryan Tannehill's a top-five QB
Oct 16, 2020
Everyone expected the Saints and Bucs to battle for the NFC South title, but who saw the Panthers coming? Bucky Brooks examines one of this season's early surprises. Plus, why Ryan Tannehill's a top-five quarterback and much more.
Why George Kittle deserved to reset TE market; top 5 GM-coach duos
Aug 14, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why George Kittle is worth every bit of his new deal with the 49ers. Plus, ranking the NFL's top five GM-coach duos, identifying a potential bounce-back star and examining the impact of college football postponements on next year's draft.
Cam Jordan's right about Bucs, NFC South race; five breakout DBs
Aug 07, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks weighs in on Cam Jordan's bold claim about the NFC South race. Plus, a fair assessment of Derek Carr, five breakout DB candidates and an examination of what could be the NFL's most prolific offense.
Pats contenders despite attrition; Jamal Adams perfect for Seahawks
Jul 31, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Patriots are still Super Bowl contenders despite all of the offseason attrition. Plus, an examination of Jamal Adams' fit in Seattle, Alex Smith's starting prospects in Washington and more.
NFL's top 10 second-year players; Washington Football Team rebrand
Jul 24, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks the top 10 NFL players entering Year 2. Plus, an examination of the Rams' plan to copy the rival 49ers' ground attack, praise for the Washington Football Team rebrand and more.
How COVID-19 limitations will affect NFL rosters; respect Zeke!
Jul 17, 2020
How will NFL rosters be impacted by the reduction or elimination of preseason games? Which teams boast the top five defensive quartets? What should we expect from Carolina's new-look offense? Bucky Brooks answers these questions -- and more -- in the Scout's Notebook.
How Chiefs can maximize Patrick Mahomes era; top five NFL players
Jul 10, 2020
With Patrick Mahomes now under contract through the 2031 season, is Kansas City about to embark on a dynastic run? Bucky Brooks provides a four-part plan for the Chiefs to maximize their returns. Plus, the top five players in the NFL today.
Patriots' offense with Cam Newton; ranking the top five 'starting fives'
Jul 03, 2020
How will the Patriots' offense change with Cam Newton at quarterback? What are the top five "starting fives" (five skill players) in the NFL today? Who is the best quarterback in the NFC South? Bucky Brooks has the answers!
Antonio Brown's potential 'Hawks fit; Should Jets pay Adams?
Jun 26, 2020
In the latest edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks considers how Antonio Brown could fit with the Seattle Seahawks. Plus, he examines the top 5 franchise-tagged players, the Jamal Adams situation and Chase Young's promise.
NFL's hottest offensive scheme; top 5 receivers; Ravens' complacency
Jun 19, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the NFL's hottest offensive system heading into the 2020 season. Plus, the top five receivers in the NFL, an examination of the Ravens' surprising problem and more.